Garden Furniture Buying Guide

There are several things you need to consider when purchasing garden furniture. This info will help you make the right choice for your home.


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Types of Garden Furniture

There is so much to choose from when it comes to garden furniture. Some of the options include:

When choosing garden furniture, you should consider the space you have. If you have a small patio, you may want to consider a bistro set or garden bench. If you have a large outdoor area, you may opt for a dining or sofa set. Space will often dictate what you can buy.

You should also base the type of furniture around your usage - are you planning on relaxing in the garden with a book, or just having a quiet moment after teetering around the garden? If the former applies you may want to look at a daybed or swingseat; if the latter, a bench may be more suitable. If you consider your approach to outdoor living you can make sure you get the right furniture for your needs.


Choosing the Right Material for your Garden Furniture

Each material has its own merits. Here’s a brief overview to help you make the right decision.

 

Wooden Garden Furniture

Wooden garden furniture is durable, particularly if made from hardwood. It will require occasional maintenance to keep it in tip top condition, but wooden furniture has been a popular choice for many years and is generally a great investment. You will normally find wooden furniture is suited to garden benches and dining sets.

 

Rattan Garden Furniture

Rattan furniture will be made from either natural rattan or synthetic rattan. Natural rattan won’t fair well in extreme weather conditions and is better suited to indoor use. You would need to store this indoors during the winter. Synthetic rattan is waterproof and is probably the most durable choice of garden furniture. It also comes in a variety of elegant styles.

 

Metal Garden Furniture

Metal garden furniture can look stylish but the majority of metals are prone to rust and will need to be regularly maintained. Having said that, aluminium is the exception. It’s a waterproof material and aluminium garden furniture will be able to stay outdoors all year round.

 

Plastic Garden Furniture

Plastic is lightweight so requires little maintenance. It is prone to staining however and will need weighing down to stop it moving around the garden during windy weather conditions.



Storage and Accessories for Garden Furniture

This relies heavily on the type of furniture and the material it’s made from, but you need to consider whether you have storage available for your furniture and if you need to buy accessories like parasols and gazebos.

Could you house furniture indoors during the winter? And does the furniture fold or can it be stacked to reduce storage requirements? Covers are recommended for most garden furniture, especially if you do want to leave it outdoors all year round.


The Life Span of Garden Furniture

Consider the quality and durability of any outdoor furniture you’re considering buying, as well as the care and maintenance it requires, before making your purchase.

Synthetic rattan and aluminium garden furniture are the toughest materials and can theoretically remain outdoors all year round. They also require little maintenance. Hardwoods are also durable but need oiling regularly and over time the colour will fade to a shade of grey (although some people prefer this aged look).


The Cost of Garden Furniture

One of the first things you should ask yourself before buying garden furniture is: what can you afford to spend?

Larger rattan dining sets with cushions are naturally going to cost you more than a garden bench or bistro set. Rattan is also a more expensive material than wood. If you’re spending a large amount of money you should also check to see if your usage will justify the expense. If not, maybe a cheaper option would suit you better.

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